HELP Meeting Minutes
January 15, 2003
Hosted by Zymogenetics
I. Jesse Mushen (CTI) reviewed the minutes from the Steering Committee
Meeting, which was held in December. We will have nametags at each
meeting. We will also keep an up-to-date roster of members, which will
only be available for voting members. Standing committees will be formed
to look into areas such as Waste Disposal facility audits.
II. Tony Smith (Zymogenetics) introduced a groundable, teflon diaphram
pump that can be used to transfer chemical waste from carboys to a 55-gallon
drum. It is driven by air and transfers at a rate of about 10 gallons/minute.
It solves the ergonomic issue of holding heavy containers above waist level.
It reduces chemical exposure since it is a closed system. The cost
for the pump will be about $650 and you will need accessories such as the
dip tube which will cost about $250 to $300. Tony is going to try out
the prototype which should be finished in about two weeks.
III. Arden Scroggs from the Washington State Department of Health Radiation
Division discussed ‘What ‘s New in Radiation Safety in Washington State’.
The Division of Radiation Protection has been reorganized. Leo Wainhouse
is now the supervisor of the Nuclear Safety Section. The person who
was previously the supervisor for the nuclear safety section has moved to
a position working on bioterrorism/radiation terrorism and will deal with
such possibilities as "dirty bombs". Anine Grumbles is now in Leo’s
old position and should be up to speed in several months.
Terry Frazee is now the Western Regional Director and Arden is the Supervisor
of the Radioactive Materials Section. You can still reach
anyone in the Radioactive Materials Section by calling Dori Dodson at 360-236-3220.
There are certain areas in which the state is trying to ramp up Security
in dealing radioactive materials. They would like to see more security
in the Receiving Area of the facility so that when radioactive material is
delivered it is immediately locked or taken to the a secure lab area.
In lab areas they would like to see a minimum amount of radioactive materials
out on the lab benches where anyone could have access. They would like
to see waste locked up in cages or Plexiglas containers. Stock solutions
should be in a locked refrigerator/freezer or inside a locked box within.
The box should be such that it is not easily taken away.
There are no regulations stating the above, however Arden stated that they
are hoping that people will jump on board so they don’t have to create new
The next HELP meeting will be held on March 19, 2003, from 9:00am to 10:30am
at Berlex in Canyon Park. Dave Waddell will be speaking about Industrial
Wastewater and lab clean up issues. Please email email@example.com with
your questions for Dave!
The next Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for February 19, 2003, from
9am to 10am at CTI.